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That's exactly what just happened, except in reverse. And the Margaret River winery responsible is playing the publicity for all it is worth.
Both Chile and Peru claim the delicious distilled spirit Pisco as their national drink, and both claim they invented it.There is a region called Pisco in Peru.
Harmans Estate in Margaret River recently launched its own version of the distilled spirit and named it Pisco, earning, quite understandably, the ire of the South Americans.
Winemaker Greg Garnish has been bleating to Today Tonight in Perth, saying: “We are copping a little bit of flak from the South Americans, particularly Peru.
“A few death threats, which was quite interesting.”
He did not say who made the threats but added: “Pisco is, in our opinion, it is just a drink. It is a style of drink, being a distilled wine.”
Try telling the French that Chablis is just a grape drink; or the Spanish that Sherry is just a name.
Sorry Mr Garnish, you have got this one very wrong. In my opinion, this is a bad look for both Margaret River and Australia.
The Peruvians have been using the name Pisco since 1764. Chile has had D.O.s (appellations since 1931).
Why not call the Australian version by the generic name of aguardiente? Except that is not quite so fashionable, is it?